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I'm the mosquito magnet in my family. But even so, I've generally thought of mosquitoes and ticks as little more than a summertime nuisance. Sure, they're itchy and gross, but growing up, we worried more about the possible effects of DEET than any lasting health risks from bites. (Worldwide, of course, mosquitoes have always been a huge concern, killing an estimated 600,000 people per year through the spread of malaria [source: Gates].) After spending hours on the EPA and CDC websites to research bug sprays, I'm now more worried about the bites and a little less concerned about products containing DEET.

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